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Computing and Mathematics (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Computing and Mathematics (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Mathematical Sciences
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research

A-levels: BBB, including Mathematics
Please note we are unable to accept A-level Use of Mathematics in place of A-level Mathematics

IB: 30 points, including Higher Level Mathematics grade 5. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CE151-4-AU Introduction to Programming Core 15
02 CE152-4-SP Object-Oriented Programming Core 15
03 CE153-4-AU Introduction to Databases Compulsory 15
04 CE154-4-SP Web Development Compulsory 15
05 MA101-4-FY Calculus Core 30
06 MA108-4-SP Statistics I Core 15
07 MA114-4-AU Linear Mathematics Core 15
08 MA199-4-FY Mathematics Careers and Employability Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CE205-5-AU Databases and Information Retrieval Compulsory 15
02 CE204-5-SP Data Structures and Algorithms Compulsory 15
03 MA206-5-AU Mathematical Methods Compulsory 15
04 MA207-5-AU Statistics II Compulsory 15
05 Level 5 CSEE option from list Compulsory with Options 15
06 Level 5 CSEE option from list Compulsory with Options 15
07 Level 5 Mathematics option from list Compulsory with Options 15
08 Level 5 Mathematics option from list Compulsory with Options 15
09 MA199-5-FY Mathematics Careers and Employability Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-6-FY Compulsory 60

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The teaching aims of this course are:
To equip students with the knowledge and skills that are currently in demand in mathematically- or computer-oriented employment in business, commerce, industry, government service, the field of education and in the wider economy.
To provide students with a foundation for further study and research.
To produce graduates who are mathematically and computer literate and capable of producing a logical argument.
To enable students to acquire a broad understanding of mathematics and computer science.
To provide teaching which is informed and enhanced by the research activities of the staff.
To develop the students' ability to make an effective contribution to team-based activity.
To encourage students to adopt an investigative approach and develop independent study skills in order to ensure their continuing professional development

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Knowledge and understanding of the basic mathematical methods and techniques of linear mathematics, calculus and statistics that underpin the study of more advanced mathematical ideas; The basic mathematics that underpins the study of computer science
A2 Knowledge and understanding of some of the ideas and methods used in mathematical proof of results in algebra, analysis, and discrete mathematics and familiarity with some specific examples.
A3 The principles of procedural and object oriented programming; the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques relevant to contemporary computer scienc
A4 Knowledge and understanding of the use of mathematics and computational techniques for modelling and as an investigative tool for the solution of practical problems. An appreciation of the importance of assumptions.
A5 Knowledge and understanding gained through the study at an advanced level of one or more areas of mathematics or computer science.
A101 Experience of study of computing and mathematics in the year abroad.
Learning Methods: Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles involved in A1 - A5.
Students are also directed to reading from textbooks and material available online.
In some modules, understanding is enhanced through the production of a written report.
Understanding is reinforced by means of classes (A1 - A5), laboratories (A3, A4) and assignments (A1 - A5).
A6 is learnt during the year abroad.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of knowledge outcomes is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations and also, in some modules, through marked coursework, laboratory reports, assignments, project reports and oral examinations.
Formative assessment is provided by regular problem sheets and laboratory reports.
A6 is assessed by passing the year abroad.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Identify an appropriate method to solve a specific mathematical problem.
B2 Analyse a given mathematical problem and select the most appropriate tools for its solution.
B3 Evaluate the relative strengths of a range of theories, techniques, tools, languages, etc. used in the design and construction of computer-based systems
Learning Methods: The basis for intellectual skills is provided in lectures, and the skills are developed by means of recommended reading, guided and independent study, assignments and project work.
B1 and B2 are developed through exercises supported by classes.
B1 - B3 are all important aspects of the projects which constitute a part of some modules.

Assessment Methods: Achievement of intellectual skills is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations, and also through marked assignments and project work.

C: Practical skills

C1 Use computational tools and packages making effective use of a range of theories and techniques.
C2 The ability to apply a rigorous, analytic, highly numerate approach to a problem.
C3 Specify, design, implement, test and document a computer-based system.
C4 Write technical descriptions and reports.
Learning Methods: The practical skills of mathematics and computer science are developed in exercise classes, laboratory classes, assignments and project work.
C1 is acquired through exposure to exercises and a range of systems software.
C2 is acquired and enhanced throughout the programme.
Various aspects of C3 are acquired in programming and software engineering assignments, and further developed in project work.
C4 is acquired as part of the laboratory and course-work components of the course.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of practical skills is assessed through marked coursework, project reports and oral examinations.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate effectively, in writing and orally, both mathematical and computer science arguments and textual accounts of ideas.
D2 Use appropriate IT facilities as a tool in the analysis of mathematical problems.
D3 Use mathematical techniques correctly in the process of analysis and solution.
D4 Analyse complex problems and find effective solutions.
D5 Organise activity and manage time in the course of study.
Learning Methods: D1 is practised throughout the course in the writing of solutions to problems, both for assessment and as exercises.

D2 is developed through the use of computer packages in a number of modules.

D3 and D4 are developed in exercises and assignments throughout the course.

D5 is developed through homework assignments and in projects which are parts of some modules.

Assessment Methods: D1 is assessed through coursework and oral examinations.

D2 is assessed primarily through coursework.

Assessment of the key skills D3 and D4 is intrinsic to subject-based assessment.

D5 is assessed through students' capacity to construct submitted work and undertake projects.


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